AT A REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF NISKAYUNA DULY CALLED AND HELD ON THE 29th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2009, AT THE NISKAYUNA TOWN BOARD ROOM, ONE NISKAYUNA CIRCLE, NISKAYUNA, NEW YORK, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT:
JULIE McDONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
MARIA P. FREUND, COUNCILWOMAN, absent
DIANE P. O’DONNELL, COUNCILWOMAN
LIZ ORZEL KASPER, COUNCILWOMAN
JOE LANDRY, SUPERVISOR
Others present: Helen Kopke, Town Clerk; Eric Dickson, Town Attorney; John Lubrant, Chief of Police; Frank Gavin, Superintendent of Highways; Richard Pollock, Town Engineer.
TOWN CLERK’S BUSINESS
The minutes of the meetings of August 25, 2009 and September 17, 2009 were approved as presented.
PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR
XXXXX Fairlawn Parkway, wished to clarify her concern about the status of St. James Square and the Ingersoll property, wonders how we can expect it to be prosperous when it is across the street from Mohawk Commons, and she wondered why the addition was torn down.
She was concerned that the County decreased the tax rate, increased the budget, and used stimulus money to fill in budget gaps which could cause a problem next year. Using one-shot money to fill a gap in any budget shows a structurally unsound budget leading to deficit spending.
XXXXX Brookshire Drive, requested a report from the Recreation Department and stated her belief that a proposed soccer facility off Balltown Road be championed by the County and not just the Town. She questioned the lack of Recreation meetings for August or September and wondered about the outcome of the recent Fun Run.
She is disturbed about the sale and rezoning of 20 acres to single family homes near the Recreation Center and requested that the Board reconsider the purchase of a bucket truck and use outside vendors instead.
XXXXX Berkeley Avenue, had a variety of questions regarding a maintenance worker position, recreation personnel, schedule of meetings of the Education and Recreation Committee, residential and commercial water meters, the paving schedule, St. James Square, and consolidated waste collection.
Supervisor Landry invited Mr. Fisher to come into Town Hall anytime during the week and meet with himself or any of the Board for a response to his inquiries.
XXXXX Loudon Place, inquired about the new commercial and residential water meter bidders and awarded contractors.
Supervisor Landry invited Mr. Cromer to make an appointment or stop by Town Hall.
Senior Citizen Committee: Councilwoman Kasper noted that 40 seniors attended lunch today and the programs are booming. Many trips are planned and most are sold out. They are working on improving the stairs going into the center.
Police & Safety Committee: Councilwoman Kasper noted the Stop sign resolutions proposed for tonight. Their next meeting will be Friday, October 9th
Transportation Committee: Councilwoman O’Donnell announced that their crews will be returning back to their 6:30 to 3:00 schedule beginning October 5. 7.5 miles of paving have been completed with Trottingham, Avon Crest Park Road and the Avon Crest Park parking lot scheduled for Oct 2, followed by Millington Oct 8.
Trucks are being prepared for the loose brush, and leaf pickup. Loose brush starts on Oct 12. Loose leaf will start November 1 with each zone getting two pickups two weeks apart.
They have been working with the State regarding emergency access for the Niska Isle bridge project.
They are closing the parks after Columbus Day with the exception of the Recreation Center, Train Station, and soccer fields which will stay open until mid November. They are still hoping to get power at the train station. Next meeting is scheduled for October 9 at 7:30.
Education & Recreation Committee: Councilwoman McDonnell reported that fall soccer is underway and they have over 800 children participating. They have added a new preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds.
They had a very successful 5K race on September 12. Local business donated all food and refreshments, t-shirts, and volunteer time. It was published on the web site, press releases were issued to three newspapers, information went home in school backpacks and it was also mentioned at every Education Parks and Recreation meeting since February. She is pleased it was a good event and believes it will be even more successful next year as we continue to build on it and partner with more of the community organizations.
They had a committee meeting in August and their next meeting will be October 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall where they will work on winter programming. They did not have a September meeting because she and Lori Peretti were working day and night on fall soccer and the race and they didn’t have anything to put forth on the agenda. They wanted to make sure that the opening of the soccer program and the 5K race were successful.
The following resolutions were approved with a vote of four ayes (Councilwoman Freund was absent) unless otherwise noted:
Resolution 2009-195 authorizes the purchase of a radio repeater for the Police Department in the amount of $8,662.09.
Resolution 2009-196 calls for a Public Harding October 27 at 7 p.m. to consider amendment to the Vehicle and Traffic Code to provide for the installation of stop signs at various locations.
Resolution 2009-197 was tabled.
Resolution 2009-198 authorizes the execution and submittal of a grant application for Water Quality Improvement Projects Grant program in connection with the Town’s proposed storm sewer mapping program.
Resolution 2009-199 authorizes the purchase of 13 SCADA radios for the Water & Sewer Department at a cost not to exceed $18,084.
Resolution 2009-200 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement with Creighton Manning Engineering for engineering services in connection with the Hillside Avenue Reconstruction Project at a cost not to exceed $49,600.
Resolution 2009-201 authorizes advertisement for bids for materials used in the Public Works operations during 2010 for the Highway Department.
Resolution 2009-202 approves the purchase of 2 used pick-up trucks for the Highway Department at auction for an amount not to exceed $15,000.
Resolution 2009-203 authorizes the Supervisor to enter into an agreement, and accept $7700, with the New York State Department of Transportation to convey certain lands owned by the Town in connection with the reconstruction of Niska Isle Bridge.
Resolution 2009-204 authorizes the Comptroller to make transfers of funds in the 2009 budget.
Resolution 2009-205 authorizes the purchase of the renewal of the software maintenance contract for the Town’s MUNIS software at an amount not to exceed $18,000.
Resolution 2009-206 approves the purchase of a bucket truck for the Highway Department at a total cost not to exceed $109,585.
There being no further business to come before the Town Board, Supervisor Landry adjourned the meeting.
Helen F. Kopke, Town Clerk